THE LAST EXECUTION
(OT: NAHSCHUSS)

Festival World Premiere (USA): Chicago International Film Festival, Oct 2021

Cinema Release (Germany): August,12 2021

Festival Premiere (Germany): Int. Filmfestival Munich, July 2021

Film Fest Munich (Germany) 2021: Best Script Award at “New German Cinema” competition (to Franziska Stuenkel) 

Film Fest Munich (Germany) 2021: ONE FUTURE Award (to Franziska Stuenkel) 

Movie, 115 min

Synopsis

East Berlin, 1981. The ambitious scientist Franz Walter is recruited by the State Security Service and sent on foreign assignment to West Germany. He soon gets into trouble because of his increasingly critical attitude towards the system and is accused of espionage.

The ambitious scientist Franz Walter doesn’t hesitate when he is promised a professorship at the university. He immediately accepts, pledges absolute loyalty to the system and agrees to work for the GDR’s foreign intelligence service until he can take up his new position. Together with his colleague Dirk, he is sent on foreign assignments to West Germany. Franz soon has to use blackmail to get innocent people to talk. But his superiors go even further: GDR refugees and their relatives are targeted to be psychologically destroyed, forged letters, medical diagnoses, surveillance and wiretapping are on the agenda. However, this is more than Franz can bear: he feels powerless and increasingly isolates himself. When he then decides to steal secret documents for a later defection to the West, this results in an unfortunate chain reaction leading to his arrest and ultimately to his execution…

Inspired by the life and death of Werner Teske, the last prisoner executed in the former GDR. This gripping historical drama is directed by Franziska Stünkel stars Lars Eidinger („Never Look Away“, „Clouds of Sils Maria“, „Persian Lessons“) in the lead role, alongside Devid Striesow („The Counterfeiters“) and Luise Heyer („All About Me“). Shot at original locations including the former buildings of the State Security Service in Berlin, the film paints an authentic picture of the harsh realities in the GDR system and their destructive impact on the individual.

Cast

  • Lars Eidinger
  • Devid Striesow
  • Luise Heyer
  • Florian Anderer
  • Paula Kalenberg
  • Peter Benedict
  • Peter Lohmeyer
  • Kai Wiesinger
  • Moritz Jahn
  • Andreas Schröders
  • Victoria Trauttmansdorff
  • Hedi Kriegeskotte
  • Christian Redl
  • Neithardt Riedel
  • Dirk Böhling
  • Hendrik Heutmann
  • Inka Löwendorf
  • Daniel Drewes
  • Hannes Hellmann
  • Thomas Schendel
  • Ada Philine Stappenbeck
  • Leon Hoge
  • Wolf List
  • Ivonne Schwarz

Crew

Director

  • Franziska Stünkel

Assistant director

  • René Bosmann

Screenplay

  • Franziska Stünkel

Camera

  • Nikolai von Graevenitz

Production company

  • Network Movie Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Köln)

in co-production with

  • Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)/Arte (Mainz)

in association with

  • Franks Filmproduktion GmbH (Berlin)
  • C-Films GmbH (Hamburg)

Producer (TV)

  • Daniel Blum (ZDF)
  • Olaf Grunert (Arte)

Distribution

  • ORIGINAL DISTRIBUTION: Alamode Film
  • INTERNATIONAL SALES & DISTRIBUTION: Global Screen

Funding

  • Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf)
  • nordmedia Fonds GmbH Niedersachsen und Bremen (Hannover + Bremen)
  • Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH) (Hamburg)
  • Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
  • Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin)

Assistant camera

  • Patrick Goetz

Production design

  • Anke Osterloh

Property master

  • Alexis Teller

Stand-by props

  • Matthias Kersten

Producers

  • Wolfgang Chimera
    Bettina Wente
    Frank Maehr
    Frank Nitz
    Oliver Haack

Costume

  • Ute Pfaffendorf

Make-up artist

  • Dolores Sanchez
  • Nicole Skaletz

Sound

  • Andreas Prescher

Editor

  • Andrea Mertens

Music

  • Sebastian Karim Elias